Archive for ‘Set Menu’

July 24, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch @ The Village

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The Village

For a little more wild and hot spot to giggle and gossip that’s inappropriate for High Tea – The Village is perfect to leave the boys at home for a weekend brunch sesh. Think of creamy vibrant dips, juicy marinated olives, tossed salads and indulgent desserts and jugs of Pimms… cue the group text message.

The VillagePimms & Lemonade

With a Sydney filled with cafes and their no-bookings policy, Ladies Who Lunch is the perfect for those who love to get organised. The set menu doesn’t disappoint and is enough to fill the entire afternoon up.

The Village

The VillageAntipasto Plate

The Village
Sicilian Arancini

Nothing else gets the tastebuds revving but a good ol’ antipasto platter filled with cured meats, peppers, olives, dips and it’s all hands on deck with rounds of toasted garlic sourdough as our utensils. Juxtaposing the cold, arancini balls filled with piping hot spinach and smoked mozzarella work a treat.

The Village
Crispy Salt & Pepper Squid

A simultaneous agreeance comes about when the salt & pepper squid arrived. No one hesitated play friendly to fight for the last piece of this dipped generously in a side of chili aioli.

The VillageMargherita Pizza

The Village
Roasted Pumpkin

The Village
Tomato 

And if that wasn’t enough, a piping hot thin crusted pizza with bubbles of cheese, fresh slithers of tomato and basil and plenty of the good herby stuff. But it’s also a nice relief to see more bowls of colour with a roasted pumpkin salad with a mix of pine nuts, baby spinach and marinated crumbles of feta. And one of the best food marriages is fresh torn basil and tomatoes with drizzles of balsamic vinegar.

The Village
Chocolate Fondant

The Village
Apple & Berry Crumble

After a solid savoury interlude, the creme de la creme sugar finale is brought forth. A piping hot chocolate fondant served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and the sweetest berry coulis. The other, a layered apple and berry crumble with vanilla anglaise. Delish.

The Village
The Village

Rubbing our bellies full, it’s a satisfying afternoon playing catch up and the perfect excuse to wear heels during the day. It is a set menu (min. of 4) so grab a few girlfriends and have a cheeky midday feast!

Minibites and a guest dined courtesy of The Mews.

The Village
1 Kellett Way
Potts Point, Sydney
www.the-village.com.au

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April 15, 2012

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant

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Xanthi Bar & Restaurant

Xanthi feels as though you have magically stepped into an oversized tent with beautifully draped curtains, glowing lanterns, Persian rugs… there’s a degree of royalty when you walk through with cosy booths, generously large sized chairs and full view of the flames and action of the kitchen. Immediately you know you will be well look after… (cue the stretchy pants).

It is a lunchtime affair, so we opt the express menu with plenty of dishes to share and a glass of your choice.

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Tarama, Split Pea and Tzatziki

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Greek Salad

With a click of your fingers, our trio of dips and glistening Greek salad arrive at our table. Our trio included tarama (or taramoalata; mix of roe and potato), a smoky spilt pea dip and good ol’ refreshing tzatziki; perfect company with some toasty warm Lebanese bread triangles.

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
BBQ Haloumi

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Vine Dolmathes

The banquet menu proves worthy by offering up two delicious Greek favourites – grilled haloumi, which is perfect without being tough and stretchy and are topped with figs, tomatoes and a dash of lemon. The parcels of vine dolmathes take me back to an Asian version wrapped in bamboo leaves; where the Greek do it with a lot more herbs and wrapped in delicate, edible leaves.

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Fried Calamari

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Lamb Skaras

A tapas sized bowl of fried calamari arrives and the aroma of paprika and spices fill the table; they’re lightly battered and not overpowering the tender octopus. The main star are the lamb skaras; slow cooked with spices with the meat falling off the bone and matched with potatoes and beans – a Greek homage to a massaman curry.

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Caramel Baklava Ice Cream

You can’t end a Greek feast without sweets, so Xanthi dishes up their version of deconstructed baklava with vanilla ice cream, pistachios and a pool of warm caramel.

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Corner Pitt Street Mall & Market Street
Level 6 Dining Precinct
Westfields’ Sydney
www.xanthi.com.au

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January 21, 2012

Crave Sydney’s Abracadabra Lunch by Dan Hong

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It’s been a while since this delectable lunch by Dan Hong at Lotus, but after drooling over my archived photos, I thought I’d do a quick post so everyone else can drool as well. Missing out on the Dude Food Deg, the girls and I settled for the magic and mystery of the Abracadabra lunch.

Abracadabra @ Lotus
Tuna Sashimi, Sea Urchin and Scallop 

Usually the thoughts of raw seafood sends tingles my spine but I was pleasantly surprised that I polished this off clean… yes, even the sea urchin which extremely um, challenging. Think grainy, gooey and slimy. Let’s say that the sweet wasabi and fresh tuna sashimi definitely helped.

Abracadabra @ Lotus
King Prawns, Saffron Dashi Custard & Consomme

This dish was a flashback to March where Dan dished up a similar dashi custard; it’s a party in the mouth with Asian inspired flavours of laska, saffron, juicy king prawns and spicy consomme.

Abracadabra @ Lotus
Steamed Suzuki Mulloway & Pork Dumplings 

Next up is a generous slice of fish with a layer of crispy skin contrasted with delicate, fish flesh on the flip side – all served with pork dumplings dressed with Japanese flavours of sweet white soy and sour yuzu.

Abracadabra @ Lotus
Rangers Valley Wagyu Skirt Steak w/ Sweet Potato, Kim Chi, Teriyaki Sauce

One of my favourites is the Wagyu skirt steak… amazingly tender cooked medium rare and teamed up with creamy, sweet potato puree, spicy kim chi and plenty of magic from Liam Power.

Abracadabra @ LotusStrawberry Sorbet & Vanilla Milk Ice

To finish it off, it’s Dan Hong’s version of strawberries and cream with layers of strawberry sorbet, ice-cold vanilla milk granita, shards of chocolate meringue, and plenty of fresh strawberries… and of course, popping candy to entertain everyone at the table.

Abracadabra event was apart of Crave Sydney Food Festival 2011.

Lotus
22 Challis Ave
Potts Point, Sydney
www.merivale.com.au/#/lotus/

October 13, 2011

Table for 20

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Table for 20

Tucked away behind a roller door is the double treat of Sticky Bar and Table for 20. The door is still unmarked but they are now kind enough to chalkboard the wall. Text to get in, wander past the cooler room, random boxes, motorcycle and windy staircases into the top floor of Sticky, filled with eclectic furniture, gorgeous light features and sinkable couches.

Sticky is still pretty awesome with more seats, a private room and chilled out bartenders. Tell them your choice of liquid courage and they’ll mix you something good.

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Instead of a night of nibbles and cocktails at the bar, we’re in for a dinner treat. Table for 20’s concept is “neighbourhood dining” with shared plates, good ol’ gourmet food, and glasses and glasses of vino.

Table for 20

The mood is intimate, friendly and chatty. The room is buzzing with people meeting and greeting their new neighbours for the night. Our dinner kicks off when our host introduces himself and the menu for the night. It’s a 3 course Italian inspired meal with shared dishes that he would enjoy every night at home. Quality home styled dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Table for 20Fresh Pappardelle w/ Mushrooms

Table for 20Pork Chop w/ Tomato Salad & Roasted Potatoes

Our first course is an amazing fresh pappardelle pasta made that very morning; absolutely melt in your mouth and needed nothing really but a light sauce and plenty of mushrooms. I could have left after this and been very satisfied and happy. The roasted pork chop was needless to say, as simple as it can be. Amazingly crusted served with a mixed tomato salad, roasted potatoes and a sweet apple sauce.

Table for 20Flourless Chocolate cake w/ Sour Cherries & Fresh Cream

Bursting at the seams, we top off with an entire flourless chocolate cake served at the table. Thick and moist with hidden contrasting bursts of sour cherries. And wow, what a finish!

The amazing dinners happen every Wed – Saturday night with live music and BYO, but make sure you text 0416 096 916 for a seat.

Table for 20
182 Campbell St
Surry Hills
www.tablefor20.blogspot.com 

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August 25, 2011

Meat Wine & Co

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Meat Wine & Co

A special occasion deserves for a delicious dinner in a classy room. The newly renovated Meat Wine & Co on Darling Harbour has revamped its interiors since our last visit. We dine inside the Rhino Dining Room, as we sink into our large, leather seats looking over a polished, wooden table. Instantly impressed, we rub our hands together like as we are plotting the run the world.

A set menu is on the agenda tonight with a choice of entree, main and dessert.

Meat Wine & Co Entree; Bruschetta

Meat Wine & Co
Entree; Chicken Wings

Starving, my instincts choose the bruschetta; two pieces of toasty woodfired ciabattas topped with all the bruschetta goodies of tomatoes, spanish onions, pesto, basil and crumbled fetta and shaved parmesan and finally topped with a balsamic glaze.

Glancing over at my neighbour’s BBQ chicken wings, I nicked a piece and they were as absolutely drool-worthy as they looked. Good ol’ chicken wings served with blue cheese sauce, which were really unnecessary with such flavoursome wings.

Meat Wine & Co Main; 300g Rump – Angus 120 days grain fed

Being at Meat Wine & Co, most of us took no second doubt to order the steak. It was grilled to order in their in-house basting sauce and served with a fresh handful of crunchy fries. I was hesitant that I couldn’t order my usual teacup of mushroom sauce but surprisingly the basting was enough to flavour the meat with just the right amount. Other menu choices included chicken, salmon and pasta.

Meat Wine & CoDessert; Creme Brulee

To sweeten our palates and round off the meatiness, we dug into a vanilla bean cream brulee topped with diced strawberries. It was perfectly creamy with the right balance of sweetness, and although we were all beginning to burst at the seams, we continued to shove spoonfuls into our mouths…

Meat Wine & Co

Grab a few mates and dine in style in one of the private rooms (min. spend of $2k).

Meat Wine & Co
31 Wheat St
Darling Harbour, Sydney
www.themeatwineandco.com

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